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Welsh Rugby’s up and coming talent will be on show on Saturday afternoon in two rugby heartlands as the British and Irish Cup comes to the Gnoll in Neath and Eugene Cross Park in Ebbw Vale.

Many of the young players named in Wales U20 squad this week have been tested in tough, competitive fixtures through Welsh Select teams participation in the B&I Cup competition.

Twenty Wales U20 squad members are in action this weekend including from Scarlets; Dan Jones, Billy McBryde, Rhys Fawcett, Ifan Phillips, Shaun Evans along with Cardiff Blues Jarrod Evans, Elis-Wyn Benham, Harri Millard, Shane Lewis-Hughes, Kieron Assiratti, Corey Domachowski & Morgan Sienawski, from Ospreys Adam Beard, Kieran Williams, Joe Thomas, Keelan Giles and from the Newport Gwent Dragons pathway George Gasson, Harrison Keddie, Barney Nightingale and Leon Brown.

The Ospreys Premiership Select team play Yorkshire Carnegie at the Gnoll (KO 2pm) with the Dragons Premiership Select team also in action at Eugene Cross Park and with it a great chance to see exciting action from some of the young talent coming through Welsh Rugby.

Ospreys Premiership Select Head Coach, Dan Griffiths, said that although results may not have gone their way the competition has been excellent for young players experience and to test out a new generation of rugby players in their Region.

Dan Griffiths said: “It’s been a difficult competition for our young squad in some ways, results haven’t gone how we obviously would have wanted but the whole experience has been really good for the players and their development as they have learnt on the field playing against tough, professional opposition.

“The British and Irish Cup is exactly the type of competition that we need to be testing these young players in. It’s a higher level than what is currently available to them and provides both the team and the coaches an invaluable chance to gain experience and get them to the standard required to progress into the PRO12 and European games for the region.

“There have been some excellent individual and collective moments throughout the competition. We want to be positive, play with tempo and ask questions of a quality outfit in Yorkshire Carnegie. This is our last chance to put into practice the work we have done in training and get our performance right.”

The Ospreys PS team in the British and Irish Cup, on Saturday 23th January at 2pm, is as follows: 15 Richard Fussell (C); 14 Tom Grabham; 13 Joe Thomas; 12 Kieran Williams; 11 Keelan Giles; 10 Joel Matavesi; 9 Reuben Morgan Williams; 1 Gareth Thomas; 2 Matthew Dwyer; 3 Dan Suter; 4 Adam Beard; 5 Rynier Bernardo; 6 Olly Cracknell; 7 Lloyd Evans; 8 Ifereimi Boladau

Replacements: 16 tbc; 17. Marc Thomas; 18 Ryan Thomas; 19 Rhys Jones; 20 Josh Cole; 21 Martin Roberts; 22 tbc

In the Gwent Valleys, Newport Gwent Dragons Premiership Select face their final round six pool match against Connacht Eagles. The Dragons will look for their third win of the campaign tomorrow afternoon (KO 2pm) as they play in Eugene Cross Park, the home of Premiership team Ebbw Vale.

The back three sees Newport RFC fullback Llwarch Ap Myrddin line up alongside wings George Gasson and Aled Brew. The centre partnership remains unchanged as Connor Edwards and Ross Wardle. There is a change at ten as Cross Keys fly-half Josh Prosser is named alongside another change at scrum-half Owen Davies.

The front row remains unchanged as skipper Hugh Gustafson joins fellow prop Lloyd Fairbrother and hooker Rhys Buckley. The second row sees the inclusion of locks Scott Andrews and Adam Brown; with the back row seeing flankers Scott Matthews and James Benjamin getting the nod alongside number 8 Harri Keddie.

Dragons Premiership Select team to face Connacht Eagles: Llywarch Ap Myrddin (Newport RFC), George Gasson, Connor Edwards (Dragons Academy/ Bedwas), Ross Wardle (Dragons), Aled Brew (Dragons), Josh Prosser (Cross Keys), Owen Davies (Dragons/ Newport RFC); Hugh Gustafson © (Dragons), Rhys Buckley (Dragons), Lloyd Fairbrother (Dragons), Scott Andrews (Dragons/ Cross Keys), Adam Brown (Newport RFC), Scott Matthews (Cross Keys), James Benjamin (Dragons), Harri Keddie (Dragons/ Ebbw Vale).

Replacements: Luke Garrett (Dragons/ Cross Keys), Leon Brown (Dragons Academy/ Cross Keys), Josh Skinner (Dragons Academy/ Cross Keys), Andrew Waite (Bedwas), Owain Leonard (Dragons Academy/ Cross Keys), Barney Nightingale (Dragons/ Newport RFC), Aaron Warren (Dragons).

Scarlets Premiership Select Head Coach Dai Flanagan has named his side for the final pool game of the British & Irish Cup campaign against Bedford Blues also on Saturday afternoon.

With four wins out of five Bedford Blues will be looking for a home victory to secure their place in the quarter finals of the competition with Scarlets XV looking for a second victory to finish the campaign on a high. Last weekend’s home fixture, which was moved to Clifton Rugby due to a waterlogged pitch at Llandovery, saw Scarlets put in a solid performance to come within a point of Bristol after the disappointment of the second round clash.

Speaking ahead of the final pool round Flanagan said: “It was pleasing to see the boys put in a decent shift last weekend and put up a big fight against a very experienced Bristol side.

“As we’ve stated throughout, this competition gives the region’s young players an opportunity to challenge themselves against very strong sides. These experiences will benefit the young players as they look to continue their development and stake a claim in the senior regional side.

“We’re expecting a tough challenge against Bedford as they’ll be looking for a victory to progress through to the knock-out stages but we’re just as keen to finish the competition on a high.”

15 Dion Jones, 14 Steffan Evans, 13 Jacob Cowley, 12 Billy McBryde, 11 Gavin Thomas, 10 Dan Jones, 9 Kieran Hardy, 1 Rhys Fawcett, 2 Torin Myhill, 3 Will Taylor, 4 Ben Thompson, 5 Jack Jones ©, 6 Jack Payne, 7 Stuart Worrall, 8 Trystan Lloyd

Replacements: Ifan Phillips, Tom Kaijaks, Steffan Thomas, Owain Morgan, Shaun Evans, Connor Lloyd, Matthew Jacobs

Cardiff Blues Premiership Select (CBPS) lost their final pool game of the British & Irish Cup 19-10 to Nottingham at Ladybay on Friday evening.

Cardiff Blues Premiership Select: 15 Callum Hall, 14 Teri Morgan Gee, 13 Richard Smith, 12 Harri Millard, 11 Elis-Wyn Benham, 10 Jarrod Evans, 9 Lewis Jones (T Williams 19); 1 Brad Thyer (Tomlinson 59), 2 Ashleigh James (Domachowski 59), 3 Craig Mitchell (Assiratti 59), 4 Jevon Groves, 5 Chris Dicomidis , 6 Shane Lewis-Hughes (Normandale 44), 7 Morgan Sienawski (Bradbury 69), 8 James Sheekey

Replacements: 16 Joe Tomlinson, 17 Corey Domachowski, 18 Kieron Assiratti, 19 Miles Normandale, 20 Calum Bradbury, 21 Tomos Williams, 22 Nick Griffiths